Entertainment comes at no price today in North Hollywood
and West Hollywood. Take your pick: The NoHo Theatre and Arts Festival offers a
variety of theater performances that includes musicals, kabuki, sketch comedy,
improv, poetry jams and children's shows. Also on the agenda are dance
performances and fine arts including chocolate portraits by Sid Chidiac and
Jewish-themed art by Dover Abrams. Those in WeHo can partake in the city's
"Movies in the Park" free screening of Disney's "Finding Nemo," which features
the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks and Alexander Gould. NoHo Festival:
11 a.m.-8 p.m., May 15-16. Lankershim Boulevard, between Chandler and Magnolia,
in North Hollywood. (818) 763-5273. www.nohoartsdistrict.com
"Finding Nemo": 8 p.m. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-6534.
It wouldn't be a staged-play reading without Ed Asner. Today, he performs in the Deborah Pearl play "Fathers and Sons," a drama that explores issues of paternal relationships, as well as racial and generational misunderstanding.
7 p.m. $18. Emanuel Arts Center, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6388, ext. 232.
Ethiopian Jews also represent today, as Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba Choir perform original music inspired by their multiple cultural influences. The children's choir is made up mostly of new Israeli immigrants who have settled in the Netanya area.
7 p.m. $10-$100. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 4357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. (818) 786-4000.
Esther Gorintin, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, stars
in "Since Otar Left," a film about the relationships between three women:
grandmother Eka (played by Gorintin), her daughter, Marina, and granddaughter,
Ada, who all live together. When bad news comes about Eka's son, Otar, whom she
favors, Marina and Ada must decide whether to share it with her. The film, which
won the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes, opens this week. Laemmle Music Hall,
Encino Town Center and The Playhouse in Pasadena. www.laemmle.com
Debbie Gibson, Larry from "Three's Company" and Angela from "Who's the Boss?" all share a special place in our popular cultural nostalgia, and starting tonight, a stage as well. UCLA's Freud Playhouse presents Stephen Sondheim's "Company," starring the now-mature Deborah Gibson, Richard Kline and Judith Light. The musical comedy centers on the theme of relationships.
8 p.m. (Tue.-Fri.); 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Sat.); 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sun.). $55-$65. MacGowan Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.
Grade school show-and-tell could've been more fittingly referred to as show-off-and-tell. But tonight, thankfully, "Show and Tell" the event, is not what you think it is. No need to feel anxious. You'll be doing the spectating as professional comedy writers, journalists and playwrights take the stage to perform monologues in support of the Westside Food Bank. So leave the Western Barbie with special winking eyelid at home. You won't need her.
8 p.m. $25-$50. Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 828-6016.
Issues of "wardrobe malfunctions" and "The 'M' Word: Morality and the Business of Entertainment" become the topic of conversation this evening at Valley Beth Shalom. Does the "Industry" have a moral responsibility to its viewers? L.A. Times TV critic Howard Rosenberg sounds off, along with fellow panelists Jerry Offsay, president of Parkchester Productions; Frank Pierson, president of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and writer-director Lionel Chetwynd.
7:30 p.m. Free. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000.
Singer-songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman's latest album is titled "Touch Down." Intimate, at turns bluesy, sexy and a little bit raw, "these new songs are about courage," she says on her Web site, "not about the absence of fear but the strength to move through it." She graces you with intimate lyrics and an elastic voice tonight at Genghis Cohen.
8:30 p.m. $7. 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 653-0640.